Company: Transocean
Skills: Driller
Education: High School/Secondary
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Angola

Offshore Drilling Group
Transocean is focused on being the employer of choice for the drilling industry.
We are challenging ourselves every day to push the performance of the company through technological advances and passion for our work.

Job Summary
•\tOperate drilling equipment as instructed in the well program and Standing Instructions to Driller (SID) in a manner which that complies with Company policies and procedures and the Driller's Key Responsibilities.
•\tApply Transocean core values
Job Description


Reports to Toolpusher, and/or Senior Toolpusher


Supervises Assistant Driller, Derrickhand, Pumphand, Floorhands and Rovers


  • High School Diploma (U.S.)/ Proof of Completion of Formal Education or Relevant Craft Certificate (where applicable)
  • Successful Military Discharge - Preferred for U.S.
  • Graduate of Trade School or University where knowledge and training acquired are applicable to job requirements - Preferred
  • Valid medical examination and vaccination certificates
  • Successful completion of at least one D-CAP Assessment (Onshore or Offshore) / Successful completion of (Onshore and Offshore) D-Cap Assessment.
  • Knowledge of all technical calculations required for the safe operation within the drilling operations.
  • Basic computer skills
  • Valid Well Control certificate per the standard defined on the training matrix




  • Promotes a Safe and Respectful Work Environment: Proactively promotes and Maintains a healthy respect for open and transparent dialogue between all levels of personnel.
  • Demonstrates care for the safety and well-being of all personnel, at all times. Invests in each person to provide equal opportunity for development and advancement of those qualified, to fulfill their career objectives. Respects the dignity of all personnel and recognizes their merit.
  • Attend and participate in all required Safety and Operational meetings.
  • Participate fully in the annual performance appraisal process, competency assessments based on performance against Operational Discipline requirements.
  • Complete company training requirements for the Driller job level as per the training matrix.
  • Full participation in emergency drills and respond to emergency situations as per assigned duties on the station bill.


Disciplined application and participation in the Task Planning & Risk Assessment Process. This means, doing the right thing, the right way, every time following Transocean 5 Key Expectations of Task Planning and Risk Assessment.

This is inclusive of:





  • Understanding and perform the roles and responsibilities as assigned at the pre-job meeting.
  • Understanding the hazards associated with the task.
  • Understanding and effectively implementing the control measures required to mitigate identified hazards.
  • Execute all tasks and task steps in a disciplined manner, following the sequence detailed in the relevant procedures.
  • Recognize at risk behavior or conditions during tasks and call 'Time out for Safety' when unsure, or when the job does not go as planned.
  • Participate in After Action Reviews to feedback lessons learned from performing the task.






  • Report all incidents, potential hazards or abnormal situations to supervisors.
  • Actively execute work in accordance with Company Safety Processes, e.g. START, Task Planning Risk Assessment and use of the Prompt Card, Safe Manual Handling, Working at Heights, etc.
  • Call a Time Out for Safety (TOFS) when you do not understand the plan, when an unsafe condition is observed, or perceived, anytime personal impairment is recognized, when it's not clear what will happen next, or the hazards and associated risks for the task changes.
  • Participate in the execution of the rigs 'Hold the Zero' plan.
  • Comply with the company requirements to safeguard 'lone workers.'
  • Maintain a safe and organized work area throughout all tasks and on completion of tasks.
  • Incorporate the Task Planning and Risk Assessment process into all tasks, whether working alone or as part of a team.
  • Apply the START process during the execution of planned tasks and daily operations. Ensure subordinate personnel are properly trained in the START process.
  • Ensure subordinates are trained prior to using the permit to work (PTW) process. Approve all PTW as designated by the Master/OIM through the Control of Work Process; Ensure all task steps and controls are understood and any other activities that may be affected are identified before approving the PTW.
  • Call a Time Out for Safety (TOFS) whenever an unplanned hazard or a change in the expected results is observed.
  • Ensure that the Company QHSE policies and other programs are communicated to and understood by all personnel.
  • Play an active part in the weekly meetings, FOCUS Improvement Program, and all other Company safety management systems.
  • Ensure that a high standard of hygiene and housekeeping is maintained within the Areas of Responsibility.
  • Ensure that subordinates understand their roles as related to the Emergency Response Plan and are capable of responding to emergency situations as designated on the station bill.
  • Ensure all required well control drills are performed and evaluate all personnel's responses; Conduct After Action Reviews and ensure that findings are communicated to the crew and lessons learned captured.
  • Ensure that DROPS inspections are conducted as per the rig's DROPS inspection program.


The underlying expectation is that all duties are carried out in compliance with the Company Operational Discipline expectations and HSE requirements. When considering assignment of duties for the Driller, the Supervisor and the Driller will apply the rules of task planning (CAKES) to determine if the assigned role is appropriate. This means confirming that the individuals involved have the knowledge, skills, and experience to carry out the task, and the task plan complies with policy before they are authorized to proceed.






  • Operate all equipment at the Driller's console in a safe manner; maintain a clean, organized, hazard-free condition on the drill floor and associated areas.
  • Monitor the well condition at all times (i.e. depth, flow show, gain / loss, torque, pump pressure, ECD, mud weight, weight on bit, etc.); Recognize, interpret and respond to down hole conditions.
  • Perform drilling-related operations such as directional drilling, working stuck pipe, running and cementing casing strings, coring, fishing, and assisting in wireline logging, well testing, and other special operations.
  • Conduct all Drilling Operations in compliance with the Drillers Key Responsibilities.
  • Supervise and direct operations in the picking up or laying down of tubular and all drilling-related equipment.
  • Maintain accurate BHA record of tubular and tool dimensions (i.e. internal and external diameter, fish neck, handling profiles and serial numbers etc.).
  • Ensure that the solid control equipment and mud mixing operations are being monitored constantly.
  • Inform Toolpusher/Senior Toolpusher and Client Representative if a deviation from planned operation occurs.
  • Keep accurate records of fluid displacement when tubulars are run in/pulled out of well.
  • Complete the IADC daily drilling report (GMS) at the end of each tour.
  • Hold pre-tour meeting with the drilling crew for all drilling operations.
  • Secure the well during an emergency or well control situation; assist in the well-killing operations.
  • Supervise the lubrication and maintenance of all drilling and associated equipment and ensure it is carried out in accordance with the Preventive Maintenance System (AIM).
  • Maintain equipment files, drilling logs and records; perform all technical calculations required to carry out drilling operations.
  • Operate all equipment at the Driller's console in a safe manner during the running and retrieving of marine risers and BOP stack.
  • Assist in the planning, organization and supervision of rig move operations.




  • Promote and maintain good working relationships with other departments, third-party personnel and Customer representatives.
  • Ensure all Drilling personnel meet the training requirements as per their applicable training matrix.
  • Mentor, coach, develop and train crew members to ensure they are competent to work at their next job level.
  • Provide leadership and motivation to the drilling crews. Apply continuous improvement process.
  • Mentor the Assistant Driller and deputize when operations, security of well, and personnel safety are not at risk.
  • Assist in training to ensure that all personnel are competent to perform their allocated jobs.
  • Participate fully in the annual performance appraisal process.
  • Apply appropriate accountability regarding recognition; recommend promotion or disciplinary action up to and including discharge.

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